MAY 3, 2016


Opinion: Economic development takes regional approach in Bellingham, Whatcom County

Kelli Linville and Tara Sundin, April 30, 2016, Bellingham Herald

The quality of life we enjoy in our community is dependent on a strong local economy. This is why the city has joined with our partners at the Port of Bellingham and Whatcom County to launch Choose Whatcom (, a one-stop website that is designed to help all business professionals find the information they need to be successful in Whatcom County. This is just one of many tools the city is using to support our business community.

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Northern State campus step closer to local control

Kimberly Cauvel, May 3, 2016, Go Skagit

The state-owned campus operated as the Northern State Hospital for the mentally ill from 1912 to 1973. The buildings on site have been largely unused since the hospital’s closure, allowing some of them to deteriorate.

In recent years, the Port of Skagit, Skagit County and the city of Sedro-Woolley have partnered in an effort to redevelop the campus. The local governments envision transforming it into an economic driver for the region, while opening the historic site to the public.

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Changing shipping alliances to further challenge port productivity

Bill Mongelluzzo, May 2, 2016,

The fluid state of affairs involving ocean carrier alliances is making the intermodal exchange of containers at marine terminals more complex, challenging the logistics skills of terminal operators both at their on-dock rail yards and at inland rail hubs.

Recent developments involving the creation of a powerful new alliance of ocean carriers, and the likelihood of other alliances forming in response, will challenge the operational side of the business even more, although terminal operators should be up to the task, said Ed Zaninelli, a veteran shipping industry executive and president of Griffin Creek Consulting. “It’s a logistical challenge, not a nightmare,” he said.

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Port of Port Townsend names three finalists for executive director post; public meeting Friday

By Charlie Bermant, May 2, 2016, Peninsula Daily News

The selection of a new executive director for the Port of Port Townsend is moving into its public phase with three finalists for the post being named and an open forum to introduce the candidates set for Friday.

After an executive session Monday, port commissioners named three finalists: maritime industry veteran Greg Englin, consultant Sam Gibboney and former Jefferson County employee Josh Peters.

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Seattle City Council kills sale of street for Sodo arena; Sonics fans despair

May 2, 2016, Seattle Times

Stunned gasps emerged from a crowd at Seattle City Hall on Monday as Councilmember M. Lorena González cast a decisive vote that could effectively torpedo a proposed Sodo District arena.

In a 5-4 decision, the Seattle City Council voted against giving up part of Occidental Avenue South to entrepreneur Chris Hansen for his arena.

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